Velvet by Temple West ~ Book Review

Book: Velvet
Author: Temple West *Website*
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance (Vampire)
Number of Books in Series: 1 Published
Published Date: October 31, 2014
Number of Pages: 285
ISBN: 9781517093266

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Upcoming Book Reviews

As my summer off school came to a close at the end of last month, I find myself with quite a few books to review. I spent way too much reading (there is no such thing) and not enough time reviewing them, so here is a list of book reviews you can look forward to:

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  1. Velvet – Temple West
  2. The Vampire Dimitri – Colleen Gleason
  3.  Lucky Number Four – Amanda Jason
  4.  Rule – Jay Crownover
  5.  Recreated – Colleen Houck
  6. A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas
  7. Breeder – Casey Hayes
  8. Third Daughter – Susan Kaye Quinn
*Books appear in order read and the order they will be reviewed*

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UtopiaCon – Summer of 2016

What a whirlwind of excitement! Books, books, books galore. After almost 3 months of summer vacation filled with trips, I’m finally home in the sunny Fl. Yes it’s hot as hell, and yes you can cook bacon on the sidewalk, but it’s home. Traveling about 12 hours each way, I made it all the way to Nashville, Tennessee. This is where I spent 5 days at the Maxwell House Hotel, attending UtopiaCon! As this was my first ever time at a book convention, I was both nervous and excited. Some of my favorite authors would be there and I would get to meet them! About 4 years ago I had met a small group of authors at a local library in TN and got some signed books from them. This was the first time writing really caught my interest, even though I’ve always been an avid book reader. This year, many of those authors also attended UtopiaCon, So it was nice to see them again and learn about their new books, as well a meet new authors and feed my book addiction. (Drugs are bad, books are good. I mean, you can’t even overdose!)

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Zodiac by Romina Russell ~ Book Review

  • Book: Zodiac
  • Author: Romina Russel
  • Genre: YA Science Fiction w/ Romance
  • Number of Books in Series: 2 Published
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Published Date: December 9, 2014
  • Number of Pages: 338
  • ISBN-10: 1595147403
  • ISBN-13: 9781595147400

So Zodiac by Romina Russell. Let me begin by stating this book did in fact, exceed my expectation. The problem is, upon the first few pages, I began to expect so little.

The first of a trilogy, Zodiac is set in a future universe in which each current Zodiac constellation is assigned a planet. Settled via wormhole from Earth refugees, everyone is assigned a characteristic based on one’s birth planet, (Libra is based on justice, Gemini hosts the most imaginative, Virgo is known for sustenance, etc.) The plot revolves around sixteen year old Rhoma (I wonder where the author got that name from) who is appointed Guardian of her home planet, Cancer, after its two moons mysteriously explode, setting off a chain reaction of planet wide death and tsunamis on the water based planet. Inexperienced, under educated but with a natural “gift,” she sees in the stars the moon disaster was caused by a single ancient entity, so lost in history, he is the equivalent of the boogeyman. Along with her guide, Mathias Thais and Libran diplomatic envoy Hasan Dax, she travels to four other plants, to warn of the impending danger to the whole Zodiac system.

While it sounds like this book has a lot going on and should be lauded as a herald of new YA science fiction, it falls ludicrously flat and into many of the traps YA nowadays, fall hilariously into. Love triangle with older, impossibly handsome men? Check. A young girl with no considerable talent plucked from obscurity and continually informed of how special she is? Check. Lack of development in the conclusion to ramp up the sequel? Checkeroo. If there is a YA cliché, it is in this book.

While I generally do not mind cliché’s, part of why I enjoy this genre so much, I felt as though I was hit with too many “borrowed ideas,” paired with average writing. For example, the 12 planet settlement idea could be attributed to television’s Battlestar Galactica where humans are similarly spread on 12 different, Zodiac- based planets with specific planets characterizing an individual’s character. The beginning was exceptionally slow without enough descriptions or explanations of this vastly different and exceptional world where star reading, telepathy and psychics are common place. Another example, Rho, often in the book, practices “Yarrot,” a practice tied to her long lost mother mentioned often. Aside from the emotional ties, this was literally never described or explained—you eventually understand it as some form of yoga.

Overall, this book disappointed. I am not sure I will be reading the second one but I long for some originality in YA. Something different than the Twilights and Red Queens. Unfortunately, I tend to see women writers make this mistake the most often these days and I look forward to the author who does it different.

 

~ Lima Bhuiyan

Fellow book reader and blogger – Check out her blog at Two Girls, Many Books


If your interested in purchasing a copy of Zodiac, here are some common retailers: AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE, BOOK DEPOSITORY  ($8.35 paperback at most retailers)


*The above post was written as a guest post by Lima Bhuiyan.*

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May Motherload ~ Book Haul & Appreciation

Whoa, last month was crazy. altogether, I brought home twenty books (if I did my math right, and lets be honest, I’m no math major). Overall, I only bought fifteen of those, meanwhile paying the cheapest prices possible. IMPORTANT ADVICE: Always check out the bargain section. I buy about 75% of all my books in the bargain section at the very far back corner of my Books-A-Million. My favorite steals are probably $5.00 hardcovers originally priced at $18+. I can basically buy four bargain books for the price of one regularly priced hardcover! Also, if your part of of Books-A-Million club, you get a bunch of $5 off $25 coupons every month, as well as the fact that you can still use your 10% discount on clearance books. I never leave home without. My wallet: 1. Drivers License 2. SSID 3. Books-A-Million Member card. #Priorities

So without further ado, here is my May book haul:

May Book Haul

Included in this image is one of my most highly anticipated books of 2016, A Court of Mist and Fury. It’s a signed first-edition that I bought 2 days after the book came out on May 3rd. Check out my Most Anticipated Books of 2016 HERE.

Book Haul for May: *Updated to include hyperlinks*

The Wrath & the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh *Check out this book’s review here*
House of Night Series – P.C. Cast & Kirsten Cast
Illusion – J.S. Cooper
Beautiful Darkeness – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Misbehaving – Abbi Glines
Falling in Love (3 Books in 1) – Susan Lowenberg, D.M. Snelling, Collie Maggie
A Court of  Mist & Fury (Signed First Edition) – Sarah J. Maas
Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion
Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris
Red Queen – Christopher Pike
The Kissing Book (Wattpad Original) – Beth Reekles
Velvet – Temple West
Afterworlds – Scott Westerfield

Other than buying books, I also won a book contest from Colleen Houck.  I won an ARC of Recreated, the second book of the Reawakened series, as well a cute make-up and fashion kit, as well as 3 extra books.

 

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Tiny Pretty Things – Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Flawless (Advanced Uncorrected Proof) – Lara Chapman

Hex Hall – Rachel Hawkins

Books from Contest

I was also surprised with a package in the mail that included a free book a nice letter asking me to review from a publishing company! So reviewing this book is my first real job as well as a direct link to a publishing company!

So this book: Behind Closed Doors, will soon be a reviewed book on this blog. Stay tuned!

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The Wrath & the Dawn ~ Book Review

 

  •  Book: The Wrath and the Dawn
  • Author: Renée Ahdieh
  • Number of Books in Series: 2 Published
  • Publisher: Speak
  • Published Date: April 5, 2016
  • Number of Pages: 432
  • ISBN-10: 0147513855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0147513854

Wow. Just wow. Shazi is such a powerful soul. She’s a kick-ass warrior queen who know what she wants. Until she meets Khalid. Khalid is the king. And a murderer. He murdered Shazi’s friend, so she should hate him, right? He marries over and over, and at the dawn of the next day, they always end up dead. But is it really his fault.

Shazi’s on a mission: Kill the king. Survive. But its harder than she thought. He has compassion, but he hides it. He has depth, but he barries it.

Behind all the prominent drama, Shazi’s childhood lover wants revenge. He wants Shazi for himself, and he wants the king dead, along with many other rivals.

This book is so beautiful and intricately woven. The emotions behind the acts are powerful and tearjerking. It’s that feeling when you don’t know if you want to hurt something or kiss it.

Definitely a 5 star book!

So good I read it in 2 days.


If you liked this review and want to read this book, or and/or it’s sequel:

The Wrath & the Dawn ~ Renée Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Buy these books on most major online retailers and bookstores such as AMAZON, BOOKS A MILLION, BARNES AND NOBLE, and the BOOK DEPOSITORY.


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Goodreads

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Everealm by J.D. Wright ~ Review

My Synopsis / Review ~

Everealm is a very charming book. I love romantic conflict. The main story follows Breestlin (Bree) the new queen of Junacave, a prosperous and peaceful kingdom in Everealm. Her father, the preceding king has just passed away, she is just crowned Queen, then all of the sudden she sees her long lost summer love, Rowan, the boy who gave her, her first kiss, also the one who took her innocence. And then he disappears. For 7 years. And now he shows up again – at her coronation of all places!

What she doesn’t know, is that Rowan still misses her. But he was just a lowly knights son, and she was the queen. When her parents found out about their trysts, they sent him away. They trained him to be an assassin, hardened him to be a cold stone mercenary.

All was going smoothly in Junacave for about two minutes, then, out of the blue, a severed head basically shows up one her doorstep and an uncle she barely knows, threatens to conquer the kingdom. And now her kingdoms last form of protection, a graying old Wizard, is on his deathbed and they must rush to convince his long lost grandson to help in their defense. An entertaining journey ensues, with Rowan now partnered at Bree’s side, and long awkward silences followed by incessant compulsive insults. It only gets better as the story continues, but you’ll just have to read the book.

Note ~ This book does contain mature context and language. Recommended for ages 16+. 

 

**I received a free copy via Net Galley for an honest review.**

 


If You’ve Read the Book ~

My Favorite part is honestly the prologue. It’s tugs on the sinews of my heart and I catch ‘the feels’. I love it. It just really sets the tone of the book and there is nothing better than a great beginning. Can anybody else relate?

I also love the scene with Dagan and Sidonie in the woods!

Book: Everealm
Author: J.D. Wright
Number of Books in Series: 4 Published
Published Date: October 31, 2014
Number of Pages: 285
ISBN: 9781517093266

 

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the Indie Bookstore


Other Books in the Series ~

 

WildFire by J.D. Wright
WildFire by J.D. Wright
Blood Moon by J.D. Wright
Blood Moon by J.D. Wright
Aurora by J.D. Wright
Aurora by J.D. Wright

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